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Picked upload! Dragon Age Tattoo Pack

by analect Posted 15th Aug 2012 at 7:12 AM - Updated 14th Aug 2012 at 1:40 PM by analect
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
I am a big Dragon Age fan, and I've found that quite a few other simmers are too, so I hope some of you will like this pack of DA:O & DA2-themed tattoos. Even if you've never played a Bioware game in your life, several of them still work well as generic "tribal" designs.

There are two parts to this pack: 13 designs that are meant to be used as body tattoos, for vanilla EA tattoo placement, and 12 face tattoos that are designed for use with Cmar's expanded tattoo placement mod. If you do not use Cmar's mod (available either here at MTS or as part of Twallan's Master Controller), you will not be able to use the face tattoos on your sims' faces, but they will work as body tattoos.

They may look a little odd (though a couple of the face tattoos do work really well as "tribal" style tramp stamps or armpieces), but the choice is up to you.

Body Tattoos: Symbols from DA:O & DA2

These 13 designs are all factional symbols - Viscount Dumar's house seal from DA2, the Kirkwall Rebels' mark, the Templars' sword of mercy etc. - and I was able to use them thanks to the awesome Nerdfitti.com. The images I used were converted from the pics of fan art decals offered on their site (no copyright infringement intended by either me or Nerdfitti, yadda yadda), and without the painstaking process of vectoring images from the games themselves already having been done for me, I wouldn't have been able to finish this project. So, yay.

The symbols are all quite blocky, bold designs, so look good at large or small sizes, and each tattoo has at least two recolourable channels, so you can have striking single colours, or go for a little bit of contrast, although colour effects will be quite subtle, as mostly the secondary channels are very thin outlines. Full CAS previews in the screenshots of all the symbol tattoos, except version 2 of the Grey Warden griffon, which is exactly the same as version 1, but is a single-channel outline. Here's an in-game pic of that second version, also demonstrating that you should probably be careful which sims you apply these tattoos to. My sim-Anders was pretty unimpressed at being made to model the mark of the Templar Order:



Face Tattoos

I also converted 12 facial tattoos direct from the Dragon Age: Origins game files. This was an, um, interesting process, as I ended up having to trace every single tattoo from the dds files by hand in order to resize them, fine up the linework, and prepare them for conversion. I am definitely not a great line artist, but I think the results are surprisingly good and, given the fact that facial tattoos will always distort slightly on your sims, no matter what, they seem to work well.

Obviously, all my screenshots were taken using Cmar's placement mod, but I should mention that all the facial tattoos are designed to be applied using the 'full face' option, at between two-thirds and maximum scale. Also, if, like me, you use a lot of facial sliders when making your sims, you may need to fiddle with physiognomy to make sure the designs sit well. Very sharp or wide cheekbones, for example, will cause mild distortion.

I didn't include every possible facial tattoo from DA:O, as some of them just didn't look good when converted, or lost too much detail in the process. I did, however, extract some of the alternative designs from each preset (the DA:O tattoo masks are, if you've never poked around in the game files, organised with different designs on each channel), so the naming conventions I've used follow the toolset names as far as possible. I know that's a little confusing for people unfamiliar with the Dragon Age Toolset, but, for example, _ed4_r is extracted from the red channel of preset _ed4. For a list of which designs are which in the DA:O character creator files, you can check out DarthParametric's list on the Bioware forums.

And yes, Zevran's Crow tattoo is included.



In-game pics show the sim version of my favourite Tabris sporting both versions of the Grey Warden griffon, the Kirkwall rebels' mark, and the Ostagar remembrance ribbon... 'cuz she was there, man. And she saw things. And stuff.

Normally, I would have been very anal about adding a version of the Ostagar ribbon with Simlish text, because I hate seeing English in my game. However, I decided not to as, unless you have the tattoo at a huge size, the text is not legible anyway. It also has three recolourable channels, so you can easily make the text the same colour, and it won't show (unless you are using very, very light colours. You get a small shadow then.). This also makes this tattoo quite useful if you'd like your sims to sport awareness tattoos for any symbolic colour of your choice. Or something.



That's it! Thanks for looking. The only thing left to add is that - before anyone mentions Fenris' lyrium brands from DA2 - I haven't had any luck getting them to align as a full body tattoo so no, that's not something I'll be planning to make available yet any time soon.

Picture credits:

Pointed ear sliders by Cmar. Freckled skintone by jmtmom. All other skins are Wild, V.2 by Navetsea. Male body hair by TummyZa and eyes are default Pixie by stefizzi. Male stubble is a default replacement by robokitty, who is also responsible for the lovely eye baggage make-up.

Straight male hair is -Look at that hair!- by v-ware. Hair on my m!Hawke (second from left) is AlfredAskew's Backswept Short Curly Hair Converted! by collin2, and the braided hair is this lovely gender conversion of the Modern Braid from the Africa Inspirations store set, converted by omegastarr82. The jaw-length male hair in CAS previews is from Generations. Female hair is Can't Care Hair from the Store.

All clothing is basegame, except the halterneck bikini top, which I think is Late Night, and Zevran's slinky leather trousers, which are by aikea. All sims by me, based either on DA:O or DA2 characters, or OCs of mine from my multitudinous amounts of fanfic. I regret nothing, I tell you. NOTHING.


Additional Credits:
Cmar, for the Tattooinator, and her invaluable tutorials.
Nerdfitti.com, for the vector images used to make some of these tattoos, DarthParametric and TypoWolf (Whuffie) for assorted tutorials and explanations, and Bioware, for making the game that ate many weeks of my life, and made me write so much fic about elves, mud, and ill-fitting boots.
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dragonage_symbols.rar | Description: Symbol tattoos only. 527.4 KB 9,015 15th Aug 2012
dragonage_facetattoos.rar | Description: Face tattoos only. 996.7 KB 8,998 15th Aug 2012
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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#26 Old 11th Feb 2013 at 8:50 PM
It would seem there is nowhere my blood mage can't appear, awesome work.
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#27 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 8:21 PM
These are great, thanks!
By the way, are your sims available for download? ;]
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#28 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 12:11 AM
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These are great, thanks!
By the way, are your sims available for download? ;]


Thank you! The sims aren't available for download at the moment, but I can certainly see about making them available as soon as I get a new blog up and running and actually reinstall TS3. I've been on a bit of an enforced break from simming, but I'll be back soon.
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#29 Old 28th Mar 2013 at 6:25 AM
Can you make your sims downloadable? They're really great looking and I'd love to have them in my game :D
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#30 Old 20th May 2013 at 12:57 PM
I love these, but I can't seem to get them to work. I have Master Controller with the Expanded Tattoos, and Cmar's Tattoo Locations mod, but everything just shows up on the sim's back. All related mods are in the root level of the Packages folder. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
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#31 Old 1st Dec 2013 at 8:55 PM
you're a star. thank you so much for this. i'm totally going to make a thedas world now.
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#32 Old 13th Jan 2014 at 10:11 PM
thank you
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#33 Old 9th Feb 2014 at 8:24 AM
Sweet baby Andraste, I needed these in my life!
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#34 Old 20th Jun 2014 at 7:10 AM
hey could you include this tattoo I'm trying to make the grey warden
http://static-2.nexusmods.com/15/mo...-1264336109.png
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#35 Old 16th Aug 2014 at 1:18 AM
YEEEY dragon ageee :D
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#36 Old 17th Aug 2014 at 8:48 PM
Does anyone know how to get the face tattoo's to work? I have all of the mods to make them work, but still not working Wonderful upload!
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#37 Old 17th Sep 2014 at 2:59 AM
I love you!
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#38 Old 23rd Sep 2014 at 12:07 AM
I've been waiting for years for this, bless you~
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#39 Old 21st Nov 2014 at 12:42 PM
Great Tattoos
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#40 Old 7th Jan 2015 at 4:47 AM
Well, gosh...no more fretting about how to fake these from mods aimed at other things! Thank you!
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#41 Old 26th Apr 2015 at 10:14 AM
Beautiful! Is there any way you'd consider making a conversion of these to TS4?
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#42 Old 3rd Jun 2015 at 5:16 PM
Um.... Your description says that the facial tattoos are in the makeup section under Full Face. They're not. They're in the tattoo section and you can't put them on the sim's face at all.
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#43 Old 3rd Jun 2015 at 11:59 PM Last edited by analect : 4th Jun 2015 at 12:02 AM. Reason: wurdz r diffkult
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Um.... Your description says that the facial tattoos are in the makeup section under Full Face. They're not. They're in the tattoo section and you can't put them on the sim's face at all.


It sounds like you're not using the expanded placement mod. To apply tattoos to sims' faces, you either need the NRaas Master Controller (with the expanded tattoo placement module), or Cmar's XCAS mod. That allows you to place tattoos on sims' faces, with a variety of options. As you can see from the screenshots, I've used 'full face'.

Also, the description doesn't say anywhere that they're under makeup... not sure where you're getting that from. Good luck!

In answer to some other comments: I'm possibly planning to convert some of my packs for TS4, but it seems to be a substantially different process, so bear with me. Sims will be uploaded on my (new) blog very soon, and thank you for all the lovely comments!
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#44 Old 4th Jun 2015 at 10:49 AM
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It sounds like you're not using the expanded placement mod. To apply tattoos to sims' faces, you either need the NRaas Master Controller (with the expanded tattoo placement module), or Cmar's XCAS mod. That allows you to place tattoos on sims' faces, with a variety of options. As you can see from the screenshots, I've used 'full face'.

Also, the description doesn't say anywhere that they're under makeup... not sure where you're getting that from. Good luck!

In answer to some other comments: I'm possibly planning to convert some of my packs for TS4, but it seems to be a substantially different process, so bear with me. Sims will be uploaded on my (new) blog very soon, and thank you for all the lovely comments!


Ah! Ohhhh, this was my fault. Yep. I thought you meant you'd used a mod to make them pose for the screenshots, not to place the tattoos. And I thought "full face" meant the full face makeup (like the clown and tiger faces etc). Completely my fault, sorry, but thank you for explaining! I have Master Controller, but I noticed when I played last that it wasn't working quite right. I haven't updated it in a long while. So since I need to do that anyway, I'll pick up the tattoo placement thinger to go with it.

Thanks for responding so kindly.
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#45 Old 4th Jan 2016 at 12:54 AM
Love the DA games, thanks for these!
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#46 Old 23rd Nov 2016 at 9:40 PM
I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS EXACTLY YOU ARE A GOD/GODDESS!!! Also, I was wondering if you could add in the Trademark Hawke line on his/her face. Also, adding Fenris's lyrium tatoos would be awesome too! Thanks so much!
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